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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Katniss Everdeen Cowl Wrap on: November 16, 2014 07:50:33 AM
Very cool! I posted this over at Geek Crafts about it: http://geekcrafts.com/15506-katniss-everdeen-cowl-wrap/
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gene Simmons Garden Gnome on: October 11, 2014 09:01:31 PM
And finished as of tonight...the Gene Simmons/The Demon garden gnome!

This guy was actually bought on my birthday this year, with money from my father, from an antiques store in Virginia Beach. He's actually a larger version of a gnome I repainted earlier this year. He's just shy of 16" tall, and was a little sunbaked when I found him,





This gnome actually gave me the biggest fits, when it came to getting the paint to dry, because he's made out of some kind of vinyl. Note to self: never use enamel Testor's paint ever again!

For him, I used the Super Sculpey to smooth out where his vest and shirt ended, because he was going to have a pretty significant belt. All of this made him very front heavy. I wanted to use the tool handle he still had in his hand to make him a bass guitar to hold, but because of his front weight, he would have just tipped over with a bass attached to his little gnome body.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Peter Criss Garden Gnome on: October 11, 2014 08:41:14 PM
After months of painting and getting pissed off, my Peter Criss/The Cat KISS garden gnome is finally finished!!!

I was on Craftster one evening, earlier this year, and I had posted the leprechaun gnome I had repainted, in honor of my mom. Redforkhippie gave me an idea, based on some gnomes she had painted: KISS army gnomes! The creative wheels were set in motion.

I went yardsaling with a friend and her aunt shortly after that. I wasn't able to find any gnomes to buy, but her aunt, Lorna, gave me a gnome she had and no longer wanted. This is actually the second gnome I got for this project, but he was finished first. He is 16" tall.



Lorna had tried repainting him herself but she wasn't happy with the outcome. This little guy was originally a $19.99 gnome from K-Mart, The label was still on the turtle's underside.

I originally wanted mustache-free gnomes, but this guy just begged to be painted as Peter Criss as the Catman.

I used some Super Sculpey to smooth out some areas of his blousey sleeves, and then more to build up his boot tops, gauntlets and the front of his little shirt. After that, I primed him very thoroughly.



My husband didn't seem to understand why I was building up different parts of his clothes. I tried explaining to him the gnomes were not going to be perfect KISS lookalikes,but rather gnomes that wanted to look like KISS, so they were keeping their own little gnome styles but were influenced by KISS. He didn't really get it until I was finished painting them, and he was able to see the finished project.



The metallic silver Testor's paint I bought wasn't drying/curing on the gnomes. The gnomes were clean (this guy is resin), I primed him first...but the silver still wasn't curing. I've even ran an embossing gun over them to speed dry. The silver remained tacky.

So I went online and tried to figure out what's going on. "When paint is not drying on the surface, the most common cause is that the wrong paint was applied. When painting flexible vinyl or rubber, our solvent based enamel will not dry. A water based acrylic paint should be used. Dry time on acrylics is about 15 minutes minutes and enamels are dry to the touch between 30 minutes to 1 hour." what I think really happened was the three coats of clear spray paint dried here over the tacky, uncured enamel paint.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Breakfast Princess on: October 11, 2014 06:37:11 AM
Too cute!!! Tell your daughter she also made it to Geek Crafts! Smiley

http://geekcrafts.com/15379-breakfast-princess/

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Big Barda cosplay (4 images) on: October 04, 2014 08:00:37 AM
This was so cool to see a crocheted costume! Smiley I put it on Geek Crafts this morning.

http://geekcrafts.com/15364-a-crocheted-cosplay/

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ironman Cutting Board on: September 27, 2014 08:19:18 AM
This was soooo great! Grin I put it on Geek Crafts today: http://geekcrafts.com/15356-15356/
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Getting Ready for Halloween Indoor Decorating on: September 22, 2014 06:57:56 PM
I've been popping in and out of Michael's Arts and Crafts a lot more than usual lately. There's one not too far away from where I work (my favorite store, A.C. Moore, doesn't have a location out that way). And even though I know I have to work on Halloween night, that didn't stop me from picking up a new decoration.

Michael's had plaster skulls and monster heads on sale. I had to have the monster head, because I don't have anything Frankenstein-related yet. I know, it's hard to believe.




Frankie here was painted with both Testor's model car paint (that I bought for another project, the gnomes that are giving me hell) and Folk Art craft paint. I was going for a sickly pale monster green, by combining a flesh color, white and green of the Folk Art paint. When it was all said and done, in the light of my kitchen....er, painting studio...Frankie actually has a bit of a pale, sickly blue tint to him and I really like it (think Tom Savini's make up work on the original "Dawn of the Dead," in 1978.

I'm not a great painter, but I was happy that I was able to get some differences in skin tone. While I was able to create some highlights on the face, I had a hard time creating depth. I wanted him to have bags under his eyes and hollow cheeks. I couldn't get his cheek to be any more gaunt, but I think the eyes have a good start on them. I even made it a point to brush on various shades of green eye shadow under his eyes and on his cheeks  to show depth, but I can't get him any thinner.

I did think about clear coating him, kind of the cheap woman's clear glaze, but I decided against it. I've decided I like this kind of chalky finish that he has.

I thought a lot about my paternal grandma while I was working on this project. She passed away about three years ago. I would admit that during the last 13-15 years, I didn't have much to do with her, mostly because of how she treated people and how I didn't like it.

When I was a little kid, she had a corner of the basement that was her own ceramics studio. She even had her own kiln down there and shelves loaded with unpainted ceramics and molds.  I thought it was the coolest thing in the world! I still have the peg light Christmas tree she made for my family in 1978, and a couple other small pieces.  I used to beg her almost every time I saw her to do some kind of ceramics project with me, but she never would. She always said it was too expensive. I would have loved to sit down there and paint with her.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Batman Sheet Repurposed on: September 06, 2014 08:37:04 AM
Very cool! I had to add this to Geek Crafts. Smiley

http://geekcrafts.com/15315-batman-sheet-dress/
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Finished My Seashell Wreath on: June 21, 2014 06:24:02 PM
My boss had a really nice seashell wreath in her house that she made a few years ago. I was amazed by it and I needed to have one for myself.

Here is mine. The materials for it came from AC Moore (for the grape vine wreath), 2 beaches in Norfolk, 2 beaches in Virginia Beach, and 2 shells I had from the Tampa/Clearwater area from several years ago.



Everything is hot glued on. It took a lot of soaking in soapy water and then Lysol to get rid of the stink on these shells. The weird thing is that the items I picked up in Virginia Beach smelled worse than the items I picked up in Norfolk.

I've got:
  • two different kinds of sea grass
    feathers
    pieces of driftwood
    various shells (some are mussels)
    horseshoe crab shells
    various other crab shells
    mermaid purses
    1 piece of sea glass
    1 Corona extra bottle cap
    a couple of rocks
    some barnacles

This is my boss's wreath, by the way. She said she loves a good hot glue gun project! Smiley

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Calvin and Hobbes on: June 07, 2014 06:11:06 AM
They are absolutely beautiful and I'm putting these on Geek Crafts today! Smiley
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